Kampot Dreaming…

I spent this past weekend in the old French town on Kampot, which is in southern Cambodia. It was amazing. We stayed at this wonderful guesthouse called Bodhi Villas, which was right on a river. It was a total hippie hangout, with great books scattered everywhere and people discussing everything under the sun in many different languages. I could have spent my entire 24-hours right there at the guesthouse, but we did venture out.

Driving through the Cambodian countryside on the way to Kampot.
Driving through the Cambodian countryside on the way to Kampot.
The Bodhi Villas were surrounded by these amazing, jungle-like trees and pretty pink flowers!
The Bodhi Villas were surrounded by these amazing, jungle-like trees and pretty pink flowers!
words of wisdom on the guesthouse walls :)
words of wisdom on the guesthouse walls 🙂
the majestic Mekong River from the bar at the guesthouse.
the majestic Mekong River from the bar at the guesthouse.
The view sitting on the dock.  It was so green and colorful everywhere you looked!
The view sitting on the dock. It was so green and colorful everywhere you looked!
Bodhi Villas: Chill Out! One of my most favorite places I've ever stepped foot into, I think.
Bodhi Villas: Chill Out! One of my most favorite places I’ve ever stepped foot into, I think.

For dinner we went on an adventure to find Kampot Crab, a dish that the city is famous for. It is a whole small crab deep-fried with fresh Kampot Pepper. And find it, we did. We ate at a little restaurant situated over the river and we both got the house specialty. It was a delightfully messy thing to eat as well; the only utensils we had were chopsticks and the crab was still whole. Talk about finger food. It made the whole meal that much more delicious.

fried crab with fresh Kampot Pepper - messy but delicious!
fried crab with fresh Kampot Pepper – messy but delicious!

Saturday night we hung around the guesthouse and talked to the genius owners from Australia. If teaching doesn’t work out, opening up a sweet guesthouse is a tempting thought.

Sunday morning I got up early and watched the sun rise over the river. I would have taken pictures but the sun literally rose dead center behind an electrical tower; not the best photo op. Then we rented kayaks and went out on the river for about an hour and a half. It was splendid, so relaxed and invigorating to be on the water, especially in the morning time.  We had lunch at the guesthouse and hung out until our bus picked us up at two.

sunset over the Mekong and Bokor National Forest
sunset over the river.

This is definitely a place I plan on coming back to and recommend for anyone who is in Cambodia and wants to escape. It was the quietest place I have been in Southeast Asia and the most friendly. I plan on going back to have more adventures there in the next six weeks!

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